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FTC Veteran Tips for Rookie Teams

FTC Veteran Tips for Rookie Teams

Posted by Jason Jaeger on Jul 24th 2020

Between summer interns and full time employees, we have four talented FTC alumn walking the halls of goBILDA HQ this summer. I would be remiss not to sit down and ask them for nuggets of knowledge to help edify rookie teams. So I asked what they wish they had known when they were rookies. Here is what they had to say: Tips From Ethan Doak Ethan has been affiliated with team #7236 Recharged Green and team #7182 Mechanical Paradox. He has mentored multiple teams and been … read more
New Products Overview - April & May 2020

New Products Overview - April & May 2020

Posted by Jason Jaeger on Jun 8th 2020

This post's theme seems to be steel power transmission (did you just get goose bumps too?). Let's just dive in shall we? Steel Miter Gears We are super excited about our new miter gears! Use these 1:1 ratio beauties to transfer rotational power at a 90° angle without altering your speed or torque. 6mm D-Bore (2315-1006-0030) 8mm REX Bore (2315-4008-0030) Steel Pinion Gears Being steel, these pinion gears provide greater overall strength (as compared to brass or alumi … read more
New Products Overview - February & March 2020

New Products Overview - February & March 2020

Posted by Jason Jaeger on Apr 2nd 2020

It is hard to sit down and write a blog post about what was new in Feb and March of 2020 without at least briefly acknowledging the COVID-19 crisis. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those struggling (physically and otherwise) during this unprecedented time. For those of you who are confined to your home and need a positive lightning rod for your thoughts and energy, now is a great time to collaborate digitally with others on STEAM projects. For those of you in FTC, now is also a good time t … read more
New Products Overview - January 2020

New Products Overview - January 2020

Posted by Jason Jaeger on Feb 13th 2020

To start the year off right we released several new products in January. Let's jump right in! Element-6 Radio Control System (3113-2006-0001) Most transmitters out there cater solely to the RC hobby market. We wanted to bring you a receiver with labels and a user manual which are not specific to just radio control vehicles. So whether you want to fly an RC plane, drive a robot chassis, or make a window display move, this affordable 6 channel transmitter will be easy to understand … read more
New Products Overview - December 2019

New Products Overview - December 2019

Posted by Jason Jaeger on Jan 14th 2020

Happy New Year! 2020 is upon us and our vision for this year is clear: keep the new parts coming! But first let's look back at December's releases. 8mm REX Bore Steel Pinion Gears These gears are made of hardened steel. The 8mm REX profile gives you a super strong positive drive, while the dual set screws provide awesome axial hold. We launched three tooth-count options last month with more to come in 2020. 20 Tooth (2303-4008-0020) 24 Tooth (2303-4008-0024) 30 Tooth … read more
New Products Overview - October & November 2019

New Products Overview - October & November 2019

Posted by Jason Jaeger on Dec 5th 2019

More Sonic Hubs, a whole new beefy timing belt lineup, and cascading kits! It is like Christmas came early kids! Here is what launched over the last two action-packed months. 6mm Round Bore Sonic Hub (1309-0016-0006) If you need to fasten to a 6mm OD standoff, spacer, tube, or shaft, this hub has you covered. Like all Sonic Hubs, it is perfectly balanced, compact, and will not mar your shaft 8mm REX Bore Thru-Hole Sonic Hub (1311-0016-4008) Thru-hole hubs are useful when combined … read more
Having Fun on FUN - Product Reveals & AMA

Having Fun on FUN - Product Reveals & AMA

Posted by Jason Jaeger on Oct 11th 2019

We were honored to be guests on First Updates Now yesterday. We showed off some recently launched parts, and gave some pre-release sneak peeks at some new products! We answered questions in an AMA session and had a great time giving stuff away (which is a staple of our company culture)! If you are involved with FIRST Tech Challenge and don't know about FUN, you will want to go check them out! … read more
New Products Overview - September 2019

New Products Overview - September 2019

Posted by Jason Jaeger on Oct 10th 2019

September was the month of 8 REX (see our previous blog post) but that is not all we launched. Here is the full list of products we pumped out last month: Dual Pattern Pillow Block (1608-0001-0001) This little guys is like a Pattern Spacer that rotates. It lets you bolt components on either end to create a compact swivel joint or continuous rotation axis. White Mecanum Rollers (3611-0001-0002) Display your team spirit! These white rollers fit our  goBILDA Mecanum W … read more
8mm REX - The Shaft You've Been Waiting For!

8mm REX - The Shaft You've Been Waiting For!

Posted by Jason Jaeger on Sep 10th 2019

In the world of shafting, the 6mm D profile has an established history. It has been our go-to for many a build. For larger builds (think things you ride on) we created our  12mm REX. But there are just times when you want more holding power than a D profile can provide and more strength than a 6mm OD can muster up. That is why we are introducing our new  Stainless Steel 8mm REX Shafting. It is the shaft you've always wanted! If you know of our 12mm REX shafting then the tenant … read more
New Products Overview - August 2019

New Products Overview - August 2019

Posted by Jason Jaeger on Sep 10th 2019

Welcome to the new products overview for August 2019. Here is a rundown of the products we released: 8mm Pitch Chain Tool (4203-0001-0008) This tool acts as a chain breaker, and also allows you to reassemble chain. Should you want an extra breaker screw, you can purchase one separately as SKU 4203-0101-0008. Servo Connector Clip (2917-0001-0001) This clip secures your servo connectors preventing a loose connection from causing you headaches. XT60 Connector Pack (3803-15 … read more
New Products Overview - June-July 2019

New Products Overview - June-July 2019

Posted by Jason Jaeger on Aug 9th 2019

I'm going to jump right in with the big-ticket item released last month. We were very excited to launch the Strafer Chassis Kit ( 3209-0001-0002). This chassis kit lets you get your holonomic drive on with the new goBILDA mecanum wheels! It also includes four Yellow Jacket Planetary Gear Motors that nest in the frame's channel and drive the mecanum wheels through a bevel gear train. The goBILDA mecanum wheels are also available as a set (3213-3606-0001) and individually (3606-0 … read more
New Products Overview - May 2019

New Products Overview - May 2019

Posted by Jason Jaeger on Jun 25th 2019

Welcome back to another New Products post! Last month we added to our wiring lineup to give you some convenient options. The new XT30 Lead ( 3800-0001-0300) is perfect for connecting a battery with an XT30 connector to a motor controller with screw terminals (such as RoboClaw motor controllers). Another convenient lead is the new Bullet Lead (3800-0012-0300) - the bare wire ends can be soldered to motor terminals to give the motor a bullet connector "pig tail" (like Yellow Jack … read more
New Products Overview - April 2019

New Products Overview - April 2019

Posted by Jason Jaeger on May 6th 2019

Author Christopher Morley once wrote, "April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks go". Well we were definitely thinking "go" this April with the release of our first goBILDA chassis kit which also happens to be goBILDA's first foray into mecanum motion. The Strafer Chassis Kit (No Wheels) [ 3209-0001-0001] comes with our new wheel adaptors which allow you to use AndyMark, VEX, Nexus, or Tetrix wheels. While you don't have to use mecanum wheels with this kit, it was desig … read more
New Products Overview - March 2019

New Products Overview - March 2019

Posted by Jason Jaeger on Apr 3rd 2019

Our R&D team just keeps Marching on (yeah... I just couldn't help myself). Here is the lineup of new products that stepped out last month. We advanced into the month by launching a Pattern Mount Universal Joint (4005-0016-0001) which utilizes ball bearings. As the name implies, it is a universal joint which attaches to the 16mm Pattern making it easy to attach components such as goRAIL and goTUBE. It enables you to keep things spinning with a working angle of up to 55º. W … read more
How Strong is goBILDA Plastic Chain?

How Strong is goBILDA Plastic Chain?

Posted by Jason Jaeger on Mar 29th 2019

You may be surprised just how strong goBILDA plastic chain actually is. You can see in the video below that two loops can quite readily hold myself, my hubris, and my dorky dad-joke style sense of humor. We are not just talking about a carefully still suspension of weight either. Oh no, there were no camera tricks involved here kids. We are talking about several takes of an actual forklift ascending one Jason worth of weight - as fast as it could - as high as our forklift driver was comfortab … read more